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Press Releases | 20.06.2021

National championships bring a successful day for BORA-hansgrohe

25 BORA - hansgrohe riders took part in various national championships this week. The first success came with Maciej Bodnar, who took the Polish individual time trial title. This was followed up on the weekend, by Peter Sagan winning the champion's jersey in Slovakia, while Patrick Konrad prevailed as a soloist to become Austrian champion. In Belgium, Jordi Meeus took an impressive fourth place in a tight race, and in Denmark, 20-year-old Frederik Wandahl won the silver medal in yet another close finish. The German road race was held on a 185.7km-long circuit south-east of Stuttgart, which featured almost 3000m of elevation. The team from Raubling, which took on the race with 10 riders, came to the event with favourites such as Maximilian Schachmann, and attempted to control the race so as to bring the jersey back to the team. Maximilian, as well as Emanuel Buchmann, took the lead in a small breakaway group, and when Max attacked on the penultimate lap, no one was able to follow, leading him to take his second German road title.

 

Results: time trial

Poland: Maciej Bodnar, gold

Netherlands: Ide Schelling, 4th place

Austria: Patrick Gamper, 4th place

Germany: Nils Politt, 4th place

 

Results: Road race

 

Germany: Maximillian Schachmann, gold

Emanuel Buchmann, 4th place

Marcus Burghardt, 5th place

Nils Politt, 6th place

 

Austria: Patrick Konrad, gold

Patrick Gamper, bronze

Lukas Pöstlberger, 7th place

 

Slovakia: Peter Sagan, gold 

Denmark: Frederik Wandahl, 2nd place

Belgium: Jordi Meeus, 4th place

 

From the Finish Line

"We wanted to avoid a situation like last year, so we made the race very hard from the start and then tried to attack in the right moments. Everyone really deserved this victory and I want to thank my teammates for all their tremendous work. It's really nice to be able to wear this jersey in the peloton yet again." - Maximilian Schachmann

"I'm very proud and happy to have won my seventh Slovak national championship. I'd like to thank everybody for their support during the race, it feels nice to be back in Slovakia." - Peter Sagan

"I knew before the start that Marco would be very dangerous today because the course was perfect for him. The race was really tough from relatively early on, as we went into the hills for the first time. I was able to attack with Gampi and then break away with him and Marco. However, it was a long fight, because our gap was never that big. But with Pösti, we had a rider in the chasing group, so we were always able to rely on Plan B. Gampi rode an amazing race and I owe the victory to him. In the finale, I was able to leave Marco behind on the longer climb, but even then, I really had to go deep to prevent him from coming back to me. It's amazing to ride the Tour in the national champion’s jersey, and a great win for the team. I'm ready for the Tour, last week I was at altitude again and the form is just right to peak in the coming weeks." - Patrick Konrad

“It's always a bit hard at the national championships when you are the only one from the team there! So the whole day I was attempting to keep myself in a good position, and stay at the front when it was necessary. I really wanted to make it to the finale. In the end, I'm not really disappointed with second place, although I was so close to the win. Mads was really strong, so second is a good result, I tried my best and I'm satisfied.” – Frederik Wandahl

“Of course, it's always special to win the national championships, so we are very happy to have taken several titles. Regarding the German race, we were the favourites, but winning here is never easy. However, the guys rode strongly right from the get go. We made the race difficult and went on the attack in good time. There were several other riders who were also very strong, but ultimately Max managed to launch a successful attack ahead of the finale, which ultimately secured him the win. Emanuel, Nils and Marcus also rode a very strong race, and everyone in the team was of immense support. So we’re extremely pleased with our performance, not only here in Germany, but also in the other countries where our riders competed. I’d like to add that Jordi's fourth place in Belgium was also impressive, it was a close finish and he won the sprint among the chasing group. Frederik also put in a very strong performance today with his second place in Denmark, for such a young rider that's an outstanding result." - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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